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How can you help your street respond after a disaster?

Incident Command* – organize and delegate – There would be a neighborhood
Incident Command, preferably disaster response trained. Street Contacts would
account for their mini neighborhoods and report to neighborhood Incident

Documenting/Communicating – If you have someone hurt at your home that
needs help or your building is damaged, report this to your Street Contact for
communication. It helps if it gets written down. Also tell your Street Contact if you
have a radio that can transmit on Channel 4 or are a ham.

Search and Rescue* – response trained teams would be dispatched by
neighborhood Incident Command. If you think someone is trapped or missing,
ask Street Contact to notify neighborhood Incident Command.

Medical – Let your Street Contact know if you can help with immediate medical

Security – Without carrying fire arms, it would be wise for some of your
neighborhood men to be ready to stand watch. If you are comfortable doing this,
tell your Street Contact.

Transport – Let your Street Contact know if you have a vehicle that could be
used for transporting victims to a hospital if needed.

Pet care – If you need to leave your homes (as after a severe earthquake), is
there a secure backyard for caged or tethered pets and who could help care for

Any firefighting needing more than an extinguisher should be left to

Where are safe gathering places in your mini-neighborhood outside the fall
shadow of buildings and poles and overhead wires that could break?

Which is your buddy home? Buddy homes are groups of either 2 or 3 homes
right next door or across the street whose members would check to be sure each
other is OK and report this to Street Contact.

*Should be CERT Trained.